Soros-backed Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has a backlog of 10,000 cases after his ultra-woke policies and "toxic" management caused the office to "hemorrhage" staff, multiple sources told the New York Post.
Gascón, 69, has dodged two separate recall attempts since taking office in 2020. Despite the public's pushback, the leftist DA has repeatedly defended his policies, claiming that the former "tough-on-crime approach failed."
One former Los Angeles prosecutor told the Post that Gascón's radical, soft-on-crime policies have allowed criminals to evade jail time and walk away with generous plea deals.
According to one former deputy district attorney, the office's reputation has suffered under Gascón's management.
"In my career as a prosecutor, I've never had victims' families actually hate us until I came into this office," the former deputy DA stated. "We are hated by all the victims because of lack of prosecution and low sentences because of his policies."
"Gascón is so focused on justice for black and brown defendants, but the victims and their families are also black and brown," the former deputy DA continued. "Where is the justice for them? We are making them victims of the criminal justice system yet again."
Since assuming office, 20 cases have been filed against Gascón for alleged retaliatory conduct after members criticized his radical policies.
Eric Siddall, vice president of the LA County Association of Deputy District Attorneys, claimed that Gascón "destroyed" the office's reputation and accused him of being "hostile to his employees."
"He has an authoritarian management style, and engages in retaliatory acts against employees who don't share his ideology," Siddall added.
Sources told the Post that Gascón's office has over 200 vacancies and a backlog of 10,000 cases. However, a spokesperson for the DA's office denied the claim and stated it has only 139 open positions, citing "retirement and a previous hiring freeze." The spokesperson did not comment on the backlog of cases.
One anonymous prosecutor told the Post, "You have mid-career-level prosecutors doing the heavy lifting and are tired of being treated like s**t."
"The problem is, people started leaving because they became so fed up with his policies, so those of us who stayed are carrying two or three times the caseload," the prosecutor added.
Former Los Angeles County DA Steve Cooley reported that the office never had a recruitment issue while he was in office from 2000 to 2012.
Cooley stated, "I'm stunned from the historical sense, but knowing what a toxic manager and boss George Gascón is, I'm not surprised because some of the people he's brought in are just odious people. Who would want to come and work here under such conditions?"
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